Video: Communities Combat Coca Growers

Indigenous communities in Peru are using new technologies to detect and combat deforestation in their territories. Indigenous territorial monitors receive deforestation alerts from satellite data, speeding up their ability to detect and intervene against illegal deforestation. Communities Combat Coca Growers was produced by If Not Us Then Who? and Rainforest Foundation US. The video follows territorial monitors from the indigenous communities of Nuevo Saposoa and Patria Nueva who are putting the new technologies to use.

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Adam Janos is Rainforest Foundation US’s lead writer and storyteller, translating programmatic impacts and capturing the human face of RFUS’s partnerships for the organization’s priority engagement needs. He brings over 10 years of professional writing experience to the organization, having contributed to several outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The Budapest Times, and A&E, amongst others. He’s also a published fiction writer and playwright. Adam holds a Master’s in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Camden. He is bilingual in Hungarian and fluent in Spanish, which he learned while traveling the Pan-American Highway in his early twenties. That’s also when he came to know the rich indigenous cultures of the continent and the stunning forests that house them, ultimately guiding him to this work.